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Determine / Find ethernet connection speed

Q. How do I determine my Ethernet connection speed under Debian Linux 4.0 server?

A. You need to use ethtool command todisplay or change ethernet card settings. It is used for querying settings of an ethernet device such as
=> Link speed

=> Autonegotiation

=> Coalescing settings

=> Change the rx/tx ring parameters

=> Setup new speed and much more

Most intelligent network devices use an autonegotiation protocol to communicate what media technologies they support, and then select the
fastest mutually supported media technology.

How do I determine ethernet connection speed?

Type the following command to get speed for eth0:
$ ethtool eth0 | less
OR
$ ethtool eth0 | grep -i speed

Q. How do I change the speed, duplex on for my Ethernet card?

A. Under Linux use mii-tool or ethtool package which allows a Linux sys admin to modify/change and view the negotiated speed of network interface card (NIC) i.e. it is useful for forcing specific Ethernet speed and duplex settings.

Depending on which type of Ethernet card is installed on the system you need to use either mii-tool or ethtool. I recommend installing both and use one of the tool, which will work with your card.

Task: Install mii-tool and ethtool tools

If you are using Debian Linux you can install both of these package with following command:# apt-get install ethtool net-toolsIf you are using Red Hat Enterprise Linux you can install both of these package with following command:# up2date ethtool net-toolsIf you are using Fedora Core Linux you can install both of these package with following command:# yum install ethtool net-tools

Task: Get speed and other information for eth0

Type following command as root user:
# ethtool eth0Output:

Settings for eth0:
     Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
     Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
     Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
     Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
     Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
     Speed: 100Mb/s
     Duplex: Full
     Port: MII
     PHYAD: 32
     Transceiver: internal
     Auto-negotiation: on
     Supports Wake-on: pumbg
     Wake-on: d
     Current message level: 0x00000007 (7)
     Link detected: yes

Or use mii-tool command as follows:# mii-tool eth0Output:

eth0: negotiated 100baseTx-FD flow-control, link ok

Task: Change the speed and duplex settings

Setup eth0 negotiated speed with mii-tool
Disable autonegotiation, and force the MII to either 100baseTx-FD, 100baseTx-HD, 10baseT-FD, or 10baseT-HD:# mii-tool -F 100baseTx-HD
# mii-tool -F 10baseT-HD
Setup eth0 negotiated speed with ethtool# ethtool -s eth0 speed 100 duplex full
# ethtool -s eth0 speed 10 duplex half
To make these settings permanent you need to create a shell script and call from /etc/rc.local (Red Hat) or if you are using Debian create a script into the directory /etc/init.d/ directory and run update-rc.d command to update the script.

Read man page of mii-tool and ethtool for more information.